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Having grown up as a teen on the troubled streets of South Central Los Angeles, writer and director David Ayer is fast becoming the best chronicler of the crime, social injustice and random violence that forever plagues the city of angels. Since writing the screenplays for Training Day and Dark Blue, Ayer has turned to directing with the underrated Harsh Times, Street Kings and now End of Watch.
End of Watch follows two L.A. patrol cops Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Michael Pena) as they cruise around the streets and apprehend various criminal low lives. Taylor and Zavala stumble on to something much bigger though and find themselves marked for death by a Mexican drug cartel. Along the way we learn of their hopes, dreams and the loves in their life and how close the two of them are.
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- Chris Holt
★★★☆☆ A cursory glance at David Ayer's filmography will reveal his propensity for cop dramas, with previous work including such titles as 2001's Training Day (for which he wrote the screenplay) and 2008's Street Kings. The American director was back on the beat again last year for his latest flick, End of Watch (2012), a gritty action-thriller set in Los Angeles which owes much to two exceptional central performances. Our protagonists this time around are Officers Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Michael Peña), partners and best buds who are duty-bound protect and serve the citizens of the 'City of Angels'.
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- CineVue UK
End of Watch, 2012.
Directed by David Ayer.
A pair of Los Angeles cops uncover the workings of a human-trafficking operation and attract the untoward attention of a Mexican Cartel.
The police get a hard time in the movies. Either corrupt scoundrels or militant psychopaths, cinema is mostly bereft of good, honest men fulfilling their duty to protect and serve. In particular, writer and director David Ayer's oeuvre frequently blurs that thin blue line between cop and criminal on the mean streets of La - Training Day (2001), Dark Blue (2003) and Street Kings (2008) chiefly centred upon dysfunctional antiheroes and their questionable morality.
- Flickering Myth
Writer/director David Ayer has more than a passing familiarity with the heroes and villains of law enforcement. He's been behind the pen of Training Day, S.W.A.T., Dark Blue and Harsh Times, while stepping behind the camera for the latter film, as well as Street Kings. His latest effort, End of Watch, has him pulling double duty, but giving up some camera control to his principal leads Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña. In bringing some aspects of "found footage" into an action movie following two street cops on their daily grind, Ayer has managed to find another layer of realism that makes his films so enjoyable. Hit the jump for our breakdown of End of Watch on Blu-ray, including the highlight of Ayer's directorial commentary that makes the film easily worth a repeat viewing. End of Watch follows Officers Brian Taylor (Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Peña) from the Lapd locker »
- Dave Trumbore
The story about two friends, police officers and partners in the mean streets of La, End of the Watch is brilliantly shot - thanks to the documentary style or .found footage. that has become popular in recent years. The film has a gritty realism that hooks you from the opening moments. The ending breaks some of the emotional investment of the audience, but the film is still one of the best police dramas in years. The two police officers, young and on the brink of the rest of their lives, are Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Michael Pena). Mike is married and he and his wife are expecting a child while Brian is single. Throughout the »
- Dana Rae
The gritty and intense crime drama End of Watch, available on DVD/Blu-ray on January 22nd, tells the story of Lapd officers Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Michael Peña), who patrol the mean streets of South Central Los Angeles. Shot documentary-style, the action unfolds through footage from the handheld HD cameras of the police officers, gang members, surveillance cameras and citizens caught in the line of fire to illustrate how cops risk their lives, every day. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, writer/director David Ayer talked about how relieved he was with the film’s success, how much audiences responded to the characters’ relationship and the actors’ performances, how he gauges which scenes to cut and which scenes to keep, including his original alternate ending with the deleted scenes, and why he finds himself so drawn to cop stories. He also talked about the experience »
- Christina Radish
Also new this week is the controversial Southern-fried drama "The Paperboy" starring Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron and Matthew McConaughey, as well as the raunchy-sweet chick flick "For a Good Time, Call …" featuring a breakout performance by funny lady Ari Graynor.
Box Office: $41 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 85% Fresh
Storyline: Officers Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Michael Pena) have formed a strong bond as partners working some of the most dangerous beats in the Lapd. However, nothing can prepare them for the violent backlash that transpires after their routine actions threaten to expose a notorious drug cartel that tries to take them out in retaliation. "End of Watch" is seen from the point of view of the officers, »
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“End of Watch,” which comes to Blu-ray and DVD on Jan. 22, 2013 from the writer of “Training Day,” also stars Anna Kendrick, America Ferrera, Natalie Martinez, Frank Grillo, Cody Horn, Everton Lawrence, Shondrella Avery, Jaime FitzSimons, Cle Shaheed Sloan and David Harbour from writer and director David Ayer (who wrote “Training Day”).
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Universal Studios Home Entertainment is releasing End of Watch on Blu-ray and DVD January 22, bringing this gripping thriller from the big screen straight to your living room. Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña star as two L.A.P.D. partners who get caught up in a deadly war in one of Los Angeles' most dangerous neighborhoods. We have a contest where our readers can take home a Blu-ray copy, to experience the sights and sounds of the gritty L.A. streets in the comfort of their own home. Don't worry, you don't have to take down the bad guys yourself to bring this high-definition disc home. You're just a few mouse clicks away from owning this intense thriller, directed by David Ayer.
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9 items from 2013
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